Sergio Ramos plays down Real Madrid ‘influence’

Sergio Ramos insists his opinion ‘can’t influence’ whether or not Julen Lopetegui stays on as Real Madrid Coach.

“It’s a very bad run that Madrid can’t afford to be on,” said the defender after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Levante, which piled the pressure on Lopetegui.

“Without a goal in our last three [League] games, the team gave everything but didn’t have the rub of the green.

“The decision on our Coach goes beyond us. The players don’t make those decisions. For me, as captain, Julen Lopetegui has the support of the dressing room and players.

“Individual mistakes have condemned us, but we mustn’t point the finger at anyone. The only way to turn things around is to be united.

“Lopetegui is a very motivating and convincing person, and we must believe in him. He’s the first to believe. We need unity.

“If I’m asked for an opinion then I’ll give one, but I don’t think it can influence a decision as important as whether a Coach stays on.”

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